Putnam parents get

PUTNAM - A Putnam couple is heading to jail for allowing an under-age drinking party outside their home hours before their son drove drunk and killed two teens.

Kellie St. Andrews, 40, and her husband Jimmy Joe St. Andrews, 41, were sentenced to 60 days in jail and three years probation in Washington County Court April 3. They were also fined $1,000 each and must perform 100 hours of community service.

Kellie St. Andrews could have faced two years in Washington County Jail and Jimmy Joe St. Andrews one year.

The couple was charged with more than two dozen misdemeanor offenses in connection with that party and several others, but a number of the charges were later dismissed.

After a week-long trial, a jury acquitted them of several charges but convicted them of endangering the welfare of a child.

Kellie St. Andrews was also convicted of unlawfully dealing with a child.

Their son, Dustin St. Andrews, is already serving prison time for vehicular manslaughter in the April 2008 deaths of 16-year-olds Shannon James of Ticonderoga and Michaella Lopes of Bakerfield, Vt.

The couple was sentenced for allowing a party outside their Charter Brook Lane home last April 20-21, at which 40 or so people, many of them under-age, drank alcohol and smoked marijuana.

The party ended with Dustin St. Andrews taking groups of teens on joyrides in a car he had stolen from his uncle's home. He wrecked the car, killing James and Lopes.

He pleaded guilty to vehicular manslaughter. He is serving a 2 1/2 to 7 1/2-year state prison term.

The son admitted in court that he'd been drinking and smoking marijuana at the party before he stole the car, drove at speeds in excess of 130 miles per hour and then crashed off Route 22, killing both girls.

The Lopes and James families have said they plan to pursue civil lawsuits against the St. Andrewses.

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